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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (July 27 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380733358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380733354
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Epps on Dec 4 2000
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How can a book that starts out so brilliantly collapse so completely halfway through? That's when the title character, The Needle, a WWII German spy who has thus far thwarted the best efforts of several nations to stop him, is forced into a showdown with -- get this -- a beautiful young Englishwoman. And of course the fate of the free world hangs in the balance, etc., etc.
Now in any sort of plausible universe, our hero would dispatch this broad faster than you could say "Heil Hitler." So why are there still 150 pages left in the book? Let me just say this: Prepare to have your patience and credulity stretched to really painful dimensions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances on Jan. 9 2012
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I am used to his epics Pillars of the Earth (which I read twice) and World without end, and do enjoy his work overall. This started as a page turner and suspenseful, but was a bit disappointed with the "love story within a suspense" style book, and its sappy ending that I felt it ended up being like a Harlequin Romance. He may be hopelessly romantic, but espionage is espionage and if you are looking for a silly, over the top romantic book, you can buy Danielle Steele or Harlequin. Or you can watch an old cheesy 007 movie with Sean Connery. Silly romance and happy endings have no place in espionage!
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Brilliantly written and researched novel of a fascinating period in history. Every word of the blurb was true. Ken Follett is a master.
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By Michal on May 7 2014
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Again, another compulsively readable tale of heroism and genius set during a time in our not so distant past. I am biased. I do love this author and his ability to bring life to the written page. His books are like great historical movies. His characters become so human, the settings so palpable, the plots breath taking.
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By Gail Talbot on March 5 2014
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I liked the way the story tied everything together. Fast paced. Enjoyed reading this novel Would definitely recommend for reading. Anyone who enjoys reading spy novels will like this one.
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2013
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For those just getting around to this novel keep in mind that it was published in 1978. So the story and plot devices may not seem fresh because you will have probably read similar works. But those similar works are a result of Follett providing the template. So it is for that reason that the book gets five stars. The brilliant sleeper agent, earnest pursuers and an unanticipated wrench in the plan now seem familiar but was freshly executed by the author.

The pace is fantastic as is the wide cast of characters including real historic figures. The book is all about deception from a German agent to a fake army to a ruinous marriage, deceit abounds. It was also a bit racy with a graphic coupling I had largely forgotten from my first pass years ago. This is a great beach or fireside read. Enjoy!

***Spoiler Alert***
In the film The Iron Lady is a scene in which the retired Margaret Thatcher is shown reading Eye of the Needle while her husband Denis Thatcher remarks "In the end she kills him, you know."
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By abbylane on July 20 2013
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One of his best books.I would recommend it to everyone.
His stories are historical fiction. This one certainly held my attention.
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This is one of the best of the books from Ken Follett. An amazing story that is full of surprises and intrigue. The ending was so good!
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